Comments for Traitor
The sixth story in the May issue of FSF, "Traitor" by M. Rickert and it's the second story by her I've read. I preferred "Don't Ask" to "Traitor."
"Traitor" is basically a mood piece set in a near future or alternate reality America where the environment is shot and terrorism is common place.
Half of the story is told from Alika's point of view, a child who seems too happy for the hardships she and her "mother" are enduring. The second half is told in a disembodied fashion by Pauline who hints at the truth behind her relationship with Alika and her plans for the child.
It's a rather sobering look at how adults can take advantage of children and the effects of war on society.